FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
A DIVERSE COALITION DRIVEN BY WORKING FAMILIES DELIVERS HUGE WINS FOR PROGRESS & INCLUSION IN CALIFORNIA
SEIU CALIFORNIA MEMBERS MOBILIZE TO DELIVER HISTORIC VICTORIES FOR SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS, INVESTMENTS IN SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on results of the November 8, 2016 election:
“At a time when our country needs healing, the women and men of SEIU California inspire me with their determination to bring people together to create a better future for our children.
“In an election marked by divisiveness and bigotry, we set out to make California a beacon of hope and opportunity – and we succeeded. Our 700,000 SEIU California members selected Kamala Harris to be the first woman of color to represent California in the U.S. Senate, and we helped pass a slate of initiatives, 55, 56, 57, and 58, that will make real improvements in Californians’ lives.
“Like the nation is today, two decades ago, California was deeply divided, but we worked tirelessly to achieve an era of progress and mutual respect; that day will soon come for our entire nation.
“We are determined to continue standing up for inclusion and respect for all Californians in the coming years. We will defend our immigrant brothers and sisters, continue advancing equality for women, and protect the rights of LGBT Californians.”
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SEIU California is made up of social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and other hard working Californians who represent California in all its diversity.